Please read the attached letter from the Maricopa County Department of Public Health sharing important information on the recently reported measles outbreak in California. 

Geane Flournoy



Prevent the Spread of Illness-Keep Sick Kids at Home


As you have likely heard in the news reports, the flu is becoming widespread across the country, Arizona included.  In addition to the flu we see a myriad of other illnesses at school with our students.  In order to help prevent the spread of these illnesses, it is important that sick children remain at home to rest and recuperate.  It can often be confusing on when it is appropriate to bring your child to school.  Below are some helpful guidelines:


Cold Symptoms:  If a child has mild cold symptoms, but otherwise feels well, they may come to school.  If they are having “heavy” symptoms, or a deep or hacking cough, they belong at home. 

Sore Throat:  If there are no other symptoms than the sore throat, a student may attend school.  However, if a fever is present, or white spots can be seen on the throat, the student needs to stay home and call your doctor.

Fever:  The only accurate way to assess a fever is with a thermometer.  Do not send a student to school with a fever over 100 degrees.  They may not return to school until they are fever free without the use of fever reducing medications for 24 hours.

 Vomiting/Diarrhea:  Students may not return to school until they are free of vomiting and diarrhea without the use of medications for 24 hours.

 Rashes:  Rashes are often early indicators of serious illnesses.  Please do not send a child to school with a rash until your doctor states that it is safe to do so. 

If you have questions on any of these guidelines or questions relating to other symptoms, please feel free to contact me.

Elizabeth Compiseno, RN

School Nurse


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